Barbados Becomes A Republic And Honors Rihanna As A Hero

Barbados announced plans to become a republic last year, ending nearly 400 years of British presence in the country.

It has been an independent nation since 1966, but the queen had served as formal head of state, as she still does for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Jamaica, among other nations.

Her oldest son, Prince Charles, was in attendance for the ceremony, watching on as the British monarch’s royal standard flag was lowered and then replaced.